ROME, MAY 31 – “A lasting success in the war against Isis will not be possible without the presence of the Italian Carabinieri”, Ambassador Brett McGurk, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, told a conference on the collaboration between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Carabinieri Corps to enhance citizens’ security and promote Italian concerns abroad.
In Iraq 110 Carabinieri taking part in the international coalition against ISIL lend a hand to train at the highest level 85,000 police officers, McGurck said asking Italy to send more units during the stabilization phase. The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano opened the conference: “The cooperation between Farnesina and the Arma dei Carabinieri represents a positive example of how different state adminstrations can work together and complement each other for the benefit of the nation and its citizens. It is a pattern that our international partners have already commended. It is our intention to fine-tune it further in order to always be ready to meet the most urgent international challenges,” said Alfano, who addressed the opening session, together with the colleague of Defense, Roberta Pinotti.
The Conference goal was to enhance the collaboration between MAECI and the Arma dei Carabinieri through several interventions. On the one hand, focus was the evolution of the Carabinieri’s activity abroad during United Nations, European Union and NATO initiatives and, on the other hand, the security of MAECI and the Italian diplomatic missions abroad.
The participants at the subsequently themed panels were members of the Comando Operativo Interforze, Carabinieri Corps, Italian diplomats, and representatives of the academia and national media, along with foreign guests such as Ambassador McGurk, Kenneth Deane, director of the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability of EEAS and Aderemi Adeoye, Peace Support Operations Division, Peace and Security Department of the African Union Commission.
The concluding addresses was entrusted to the Commander in Chief of the Carabinieri Corps, Lieutenant General Tullio Del Sette, the Chief Head of Staff of the Ministry of Defense , General Claudio Graziano, and the Secretary General of MAECI, Ambassador Elisabetta Belloni. (@OnuItalia)